Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Discovery Program Educator
at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Eating in the backcountry should be no different than eating at home!
Well-planned and prepared backcountry meals can taste amazing, satisfy your hunger, and foster conversations about your long day of hiking or paddling.
Tasty outdoor meals are a simple comfort fix that can exponentially enhance your backcountry experience.
There are many meal options available, however, there are three important things to consider when developing your meal plan: caloric content, size/weight, and taste.
Continue reading Master Chef: Ontario Parks backcountry edition
This is a journey story about garbage.
It wasn’t a quick journey. It took a plane ride, some paddling in a canoe, portaging, more paddling, another plane ride, and a drive on the highway.
This garbage was left in Algonquin Provincial Park’s remote backcountry, something that, unfortunately, happens far too often.
Continue reading Planes, paddles and portages: a journey of garbage
Today, Market Development Specialist Andrea Coulter will take us through the many benefits of the menstrual cup while camping.
If you’ve ever camped with a period, you’ll know it can make the happiest of campers see, well…red. It can be a major inconvenience along the trail or portage. Instead of enjoying the view, you’re thinking about the closest place to change your tampon.
A little over a year ago, I made the switch to a menstrual cup and it forever changed my period, on and off the trail.
Here’s a few reasons to consider making the switch to a menstrual cup:
Continue reading Going with the “flow”: how a menstrual cup will make you a happy backcountry camper
You put your canoe or kayak into the lake. The water is smooth and reflective. The sky’s a deep, dark blue, and the clouds are brilliant white. The day is sunny, cool and crisp, and the trees that cover the hills around you…well, they’re a stunning display of red, orange, and yellow.
There’s something special about paddling in Ontario’s provincial parks in the fall, particularly secluded Restoule Provincial Park.
Continue reading Fall paddling at Restoule
Are you new to camping, or maybe a park veteran looking to brush up on your knowledge?
We’ve assembled a handy guide to all the terms you’ll need to know and understand before you visit the park…
Continue reading An Ontario Parks glossary
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park‘s network of waterways carve the ancient and weathered Canadian Shield, providing endless route possibilities. Here, where “Where nature still rules”, backcountry conditions are constantly changing and park visitors must be prepared to meet nature on its own terms.
Continue reading Woodland Caribou Provincial Park: Trip Planner
Today’s post comes from Jill Legault, Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
Summertime means puppy playtime!
Dogs love the opportunity to be outside as much as you do. A little planning means every family member is happy and safe in the backcountry.
Continue reading Backcountry canoeing with your dog
Today’s post comes from Brittany Thatcher and Jill Legault of Quetico Provincial Park.
Going meatless on hiking excursions, canoe trips, or any outdoor adventures can be easy, nutritious, and delicious!
Vegetables and vegetable-based products can provide you with the energy and protein needed to lead successful trips.
Continue reading Backcountry vegetarian cooking
This post comes from Park Information Specialist Jill Legault of Quetico Provincial Park.
“Portaging is like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer: it feels so good when you stop.” — Bill Mason
Did you know Quetico Provincial Park’s solitary wilderness experience and pristine nature is available without portaging?
Continue reading Quetico’s backcountry routes without portages
Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. Plus, you will experience a ton of health benefits simply by being outdoors.
Hit the backcountry for a killer total-body workout this summer. Let’s do this!
Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping